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Sara_1978

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I can’t tell you how much better I feel speaking to someone who is going through this so thank you for looking for this forum lol.
I just wondered if you get the same other symptoms as me? As well as the head pressure dizziness etc I also get palpitations which varies, some days I have none and others it’s happening all day long. I get numbness, tingling and sharp cramp like pains in my arms and legs, racing heart but actually when I take my pulse it’s not racing at all. I also sometimes get very sharp shooting pains in my head which fortunately don’t last very long but are evil when happening.
I get extremely tired, I do work nights and evenings which doesn’t help but when I get up I’m literally working out how long until I can get back to my lovely bed.
im Trying very hard to not let this anxiety get hold of me, I’m trying to continue to work and do normal things but it’s very hard to do social things for fear of something happening to me in public. I work in nursing and have great colleagues so work is never a problem for me as I feel safe with the people I work with.
Like you I just want to get back to normal and start enjoying life again, although I am always a worrier even when feeling well....I’m trying to combat that but we can’t help the way we are 😢 x
 
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Yeah in exactly the same. I think that's just our nature, we will always be the worrying kind of people even at the best times. Yeah mine has been exactly the same. Shooting pains in my head. Not in the same place, could be the back of head then the top etc. Mostly lasts a few seconds. Sometimes a shooting/stabbing sensation and sometimes more of a hot sensation. I do also get palpitations too from time to time especially during a panic attack. My feet go quite clammy too. Especially just the top part of my feet which is strange. At times it feels like my chest is heavier and harder to breath yet my oxygen levels are totally fine. When I have what is described as a full in panic attack, I get really shaky too. Some other symptoms are a numbness in the side of my face, my jaw feels heavy and I get random twitches too like on my eyebrow on one side. Just recently my left arm has been so heavy and the only way I can describe the feeling is a "funny bone" feeling. Like that sensation you get when you hit your funny bone but right the way through my arm and my hand and sometimes in my left leg too. I've also had rift muscles in that leg too. Feeling so heavy and tight. (bottom of leg) I sometimes get that strange funny bone sensation on the top of my head and behind my eye. Yeah it always has me exhausted but at times struggle to sleep. Two weeks ago it was that bad that I was awake fir a whole 24 hours then the next night I slept only a couple of hours then the night after that I was awake 24 hours again as everytime i was trying to sleep it just kept waking me back up again. I would also find it hard to swallow. Not that something was in my throat but more like my tongue wouldn't let me swallow. It would take me a couple of attempts to actually swallow. The dizziness was horrible. Even from the moment i woke up. I didn't have to get out of bed and I already knew I was dizzy. Another symptom is dry mouth. I would get some tingling sensations too like in my arms and fingers. Another strange symptom is my neck. Like it's hard to explain but it feels like it's a bit tight inside on one side even though it looks and feels no different with no swelling or anything from the outside. I really did feel like there was no one else who would be experiencing these same things. As much as it's horrible that someone else is going through this, it's a little bit of relief at the same time if that makes sense lol. X
 
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Having worked nights myself I found it best to follow a routine similar to working days. When I got home in the morning I would unwind for a few hours before hitting the sack, and then plan to have at least 6 hours quality sleep, longer if interrupted. Hope this helps :)
 
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Having worked nights myself I found it best to follow a routine similar to working days. When I got home in the morning I would unwind for a few hours before hitting the sack, and then plan to have at least 6 hours quality sleep, longer if interrupted. Hope this helps :)
Gosh when iv worked a night shift I can barely walk up the stairs to get to my bed I feel so tired. So staying away not an option for me, but thanks for the thought x
 
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Sunshine 867 reading that reminded me of the last time I was suffering with anxiety, I was so tired but every time I lay down I felt like I couldn’t breath so I ended up going to sleep in the kitchen standing up with my head leaning against a cupboard, that’s the gods honest truth....that was the point where I went to the GP the next morning. I was put on medication that made me feel so horrible for about 5 weeks but from 6 weeks onwards I would of fought anyone that tried to take that medication off me it made that much of a difference combined with the cbt.
Sleep deprivation can make you feel bad enough but add that to anxiety and it’s unbearable!!!
Are you on any medication or having any therapy at all as it all really does help although it’s not helping me this particular time as with it being health anxiety and I’m getting such symptoms I can’t ignore it. x
 
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I do think mine could be health anxiety too. I have requested cbt and just waiting for someone to ring me to have a chat and make my first appointment so hopefully I get the call soon. I was on a medication for a few days but when the doctor checked my obs it turned out that the medication was causing my heart rate to be very low so had to stop it and within a day my heart rate went back to normal so I've literally had nothing apart from vertigo meds for when my dizziness was so bad. Apart from that they only prescribed me strong pain killers. The symptoms just go from one to another. Like I focus on one then once that's been for a while, my mind will then focus on another. At the moment, it's my tight muscle in my leg, heavy arm and the random twitching. It's so frustrating and because it's there, it just makes you think about it all the time. X
 
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Perhaps the reason why you are so tired is because you didn't get adequate sleep before going to work, and because you got up too early before heading for work. Our sleep and work patterns generally work the way they do for a reason... e.g. come in from work, socialise and unwind, bed and quality sleep (your mind and body rejuvenates), get up, wash etc., breakfast and/or drink while relaxing and focusing on your day ahead, head for work, and the cycle starts again...
 
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Hi all, I'm not long on here and came across this post. I wanted to just say that i went through this for such a long time. I often went to the doctor convinced there was something wrong with my head. Was completely convinced the gp was wrong when he said I was okay, to the point he was actually going to send me to have a head scan to put my mind at ease. The same used to happen with other areas of my body too. I always automatically went into panic mode sure there was something serious wrong. Health related anxiety is horrible !! It feels like you have no control over how your mind percieves the tiniest of sensations or pains.
This all got too much after a while, and along with other anxiety related problems it seemed to be taking over everything. I ended up going to cognative behavioural therapy and i can honestly say it changed my life ! I won't say it happened over night but with a bit of work I was able to allow my rational mind to take more control. Anxiety really does suck ! I hope you feel much better soon x
 
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Are you able to describe how this therapy helped you to gain back control :hug:
 
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Sunshine867 that’s a shame that it made ur heart race but surely they could of tried an alternative?
Cbt is amazing and I’m sure it will help you a lot. I’m currently waiting for some at the moment and just can’t wait for it.
Have you got support at home?
You can message me any time. X
 
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Just for anyone that might be interested.
I’m reading a really good book at the moment that was recommended to me by a therapist it’s called The worry cure by Dr Leahy....it’s really good for worriers obviously, I’m only about 20 pages in and feel like I could of written the book myself!
I think reading things like this only makes us feel more “normal” and realise that is is something that happens to a lot of people!
 
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Or to put it another way (but I haven't read the book yet), helps people to understand worry and anxiety are natural phenomena.
 
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Yes
Or to put it another way (but I haven't read the book yet), helps people to understand worry and anxiety are natural phenomena.
, much better way of putting it lol!
 
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Are you able to describe how this therapy helped you to gain back control :hug:
Well to be honest we just started from scratch trying to re program my brain, so instead of an automatic negative response to situations i had to try train myself to push that initial thought aside and not allow it to take over. Therefore you're allowing the more rational thoughts in.....In time it eventually became habit. It does take time but eventually it becomes the norm. Does that make sense at all ?
 
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